AHRMA dosn't require them.......yet. Most clubs and sanctioning bodies require them in an effort to keep in the good graces of track owners and managers. There have been heated debates in our local club over the effectiveness of bellypans. "They do nothing for a bike on it's side or tumbling." "Windage blows fluid out of the pan." "Why would an aircooled 2 stroker need one?" I also think the tree huggers figure in here somewhere. Ever been at the track during the first rain after a race weekend? "What's that rainbow sheen in the puddles?" Effective or not, I think bellypans simply are a way of conveying to track managers and owners, "Hey, we tried." Since our club adopted the bellypan rule(No turkey, pie or cake pans!!)there have been a few contained engine grenades, theoreticly saving the club a bit of money. Our track is actually owned by the Portland City Parks Dept. and they will charge the club an additional fee if we run longer than our scheduled time. With track time at a premium, nobody likes waiting for a cleanup in turn 3 nor does anyone want to be the first one to find out if the cleanup crew missed a spot. In my opinion it's only a matter of time before the rule is mandated accross the board including AHRMA.
With all this said, who wants one of our full fairings with integral bellypan? <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
Bret @ Glass from the Past